Grateful Dead Live at Studio Sessions for Anthem of the Sun on 1967-00-00
01 //That's It For The Other One
02 Alligator >
04 Turn On Your Lovelight
-- Unidentified studio take (mono)
05 Smokestack Lightnin'
Collection GratefulDeadBand/Artist Grateful DeadVenue Studio Sessions for Anthem of the SunLocation Unknown, CASource Track 01 thru 04: SBD > ? > Cx? > Cassette. Track 05: SBD > ? > Bootleg Vinyl LP > Cassette.Lineage Cassettes > Sony TC-D5M > Realtek AC97 > Soundforge > CD-Wave > TLH v.184.108.40.206 (for SBE-OK, FLAC compression & checksums) > FLAC, Dec 2006.
Notes on dating tracks 01 thru 04:
The Taping Compendium Volume One lists the tape as "11/19/67, Unknown Studio
Location Rehearsal". Deadlists calls it "11/1?/67, Rehearsal Studio Session".
The Deaddisc discography page lists the following Anthem studio sessions:
- Sept 1967, RCA Studio A, Hollywood;
- Oct 1967, American Studios, North Hollywood;
- Dec 1967, Century Sound, New York; Olmstead Studios, New York.
To add to the confusion, db.etree lists the following studio tape dates:
"10-20-67, American Studios", "11-19-67 Unknown location", and "12-02-67,
Studio". Obviously, this material fits somewhere within this time period.
TIFTOO cuts in during the first verse. The vocals are mostly missing, then
fade up near the end of the Cryptical Reprise. All the vocals are missing
from Alligator, although they can be heard distantly in the background.
There's some tape-warble damage in the right channel during Lovelight.
The Smokestack take was included as unlabeled filler on a vinyl bootleg LP
of the Terrapin Station outtakes, thus the audible crackle and pop. It is
not the same version that appears in ShnID-18124. Soundforge was used on
all the tapes to make fades, and to adjust the levels in a few spots.
January 2, 2014
the rounder we get
it sure is a big change from 1966 to 1967 no matter when exactly the songs were pulled from for this band.
Going from covers to open ended free for all jams.
It is a major paradigm shift to say the least in what your local rock and roll band is playing.
This music is flashback inducing...
light into ashes
July 25, 2013
After a close comparison, the mysterious studio Smokestack Lightning is simply the 11/19/66 live version again, but in mono, slowed-down, and faded-out early.
(The same 11/19/66 Smokestack can also be found masquerading as a "2/12/67" studio take.)
The Lovelight is also not from the fall '67 Anthem sessions. It's the longest take from the Lovelight rehearsal session, which was commonly dated 11/19/67. That date is flagrantly wrong, though. After listening to the full rehearsal session, these Lovelights are clearly earlier & more primitive than even the 8/5/67 live version, which is much stronger and more fully developed.
In this studio take, the band are still working out the basic parts - Pigpen sings it a bit differently, Jerry's still figuring out his soloing, and a lot of the sections of the live Lovelights are still missing. So I would guess that the Lovelight session may have taken place in July '67 or so.
The Other One & Alligator>Caution remain safely in the mid-October '67 sessions. Alligator has the drum break that was added after Mickey Hart joined, so it's after 9/29. The Other One sounds stodgy & tentative compared to the live 10/22/67 version, so I think it precedes that.
A better studio take of the Other One suite from these sessions has surfaced as a filler track in this February '71 studio rehearsal:
February 17, 2010
Digging it for Pete Rawson
Jammed on this Smokestack at Vassar College in 1980.....lit it up with old friends and crew....played it back a million times and never heard a better version.....30 Years Later! Outragious....
June 19, 2008
Prototype Anthem of the Sun
It's possible portions of this recording were used on Anthem, though I haven't studied it closely enough.
The Other One is slow and mellow, and Lovelight is has a lot of repetitive vamping.
I'm not sure that SmokeStack Lighting is from these sessions. It sounds like those from the 1966 shows. It's good, but unfortunately cut off before halfway through.
The first half of Alligator is the rhythmic skeleton of what is on Anthem, (PigPen not audible), but Jerry kicks in on the second half. I like this Caution, with PigPen clear and upfront, ending with a quick decent into feedback, timed to fit on the LP.
The limitation of the 22-minute vinyl LP side were what constricted Anthem of the Sun. The songs are similar in length and structure to the 10/20/67 Anthem studio (and on Anthem of the Sun itself). This session is more interesting, with somewhat better audio. The other Anthem session is here: